After six years of fundraising and planning, volunteers finally have money and approvals in place to revamp Tanner Park.
Hatboro Borough Council this week voted in favor of organizers' landscape and lighting plans for the park, which is situated at Jefferson Avenue and Tanner Road.
John Farnen, who has headed up the effort on behalf of Elm Street and the Kiwanis Club of Hatboro-Horsham told Patch that he hopes to have the eight new playground pieces installed and the flowers and trees planted by year's end.
The council was originally supposed to consider park plans last month, but that process was delayed so the borough's shade tree commission could review the plan and make recommendations.
Maintaining trees and flowers was a concern of borough officials.
"Watering the trees is a concern. We have no mechanism for watering them if there is a drought," Hatboro Public Works Director and Borough Manager Fred Zollers said. "Adding any kind of flowerbeds, shrubbery can be additional maintenance that’s not done on the park now."
Farnen said the company hired to plant the trees would be responsible for their care and watering for the first year. For the flowers, he said the group would seek help from area Boy Scouts, nonprofit groups and churches.
"Kiwanis and Elm Street have been taking care of what we’ve done in the past," Farnen said.
As part of the final approval, the council, following direction from borough attorney Christen Pionzio, stipulated that Farnen and other volunteers relocate a tree proposed to be adjacent to a retaining wall and "make every effort to develop landscape beds to minimize future maintenance."